How to apply for a Master's programme

To apply, please complete and return the appropriate form together with the necessary documentation. Applications by email or by fax are not accepted.

Application Deadlines:
Masters in Economics, Communication and Informatics: July 1
Applications sent after July 1 are considered if the programme applied for is not yet complete.

Master of Science in Architecture: 15 April
Late applications may be accepted provided numbers do not exceed the capacity of building and technical resources available.

Required documentation:

Required documentation, to be sent in paper form, by regular mail:

  • The completed application form (you may download it in pdf format)
    - application form for Masters in Economics, Communication and Informatics
    - application form for the MSc in Architecture
  • Photocopy of past diplomas (Bachelor, licentiate, four-year degree, maturity);
  • Official transcript of results of university examinations;
  • Certified translation of any diplomas written in a language other than Italian, German, French, English, or Spanish;
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal letter of motivation drafted by the candidate;
  • Official certification of proficiency in English or Italian (not required by the Academy of Architecture);
  • Photocopy of an identity card or other document;
  • Photocopy of residence permit for foreign nationals already domiciled in Switzerland;
  • Certificates of professional internships conducted in a firm of architects (applicable to the Academy of Architecture only);
  • A4-sized portfolio (book) (applicable to the Academy of Architecture only);

 

Photocopy of past degree certificates
Where a candidate has not fulfilled all the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, licentiate or other, a copy of the diploma may be sent at a later stage, but no later than the beginning of the matriculation period. If this is the case, please indicate the expected date of the award and enclose an official document issued by the awarding institution confirming these terms.

Letter of motivation
Candidates are required to draft a letter (not more than one page) introducing themselves and explaining their particular interest and reasons for seeking admission to a given Master’s degree.

External certification of English language skills
Candidates wishing to be admitted to a Master’s programme that is taught in English are expected to have a sound knowledge of this language (preferably at B2 level). They will need to present an official certificate of proficiency.

Late applications
Late applications may be considered within the limits of available places.

Registration fee
The Lisbon convention regulates the recognition of university degrees between signatory countries and considerably simplifies the administration of admission procedures. For this reason, candidates whose previous degree studies were completed in countries outside this Convention (see list below) are invited to pay an application fee of SFr. 100 accounting for the higher administrative costs of processing more complex files. If the candidate is admitted, the fee will be deducted from the amount of the tuition fee for the first semester. The administrative fee is not refundable in other cases: if admission is not granted, if the candidate decides to withdraw or if he or she fails to matriculate.
This practice is not implemented at the Academy of Architecture.

Method of payment
The amount of the registration fee may be credited to the following account: (by Faculty)

Faculty of Communication Sciences:
Swiss Post, PostFinance, 3030 Berna
CCP 65-236567-9
IBAN: CH60 0900 0000 6523 6567 9
SWIFT (BIC): POFICHBEXXX

Faculty of Economics:
Swiss Post, PostFinance, 3030 Berna
CCP 65-181576-7
IBAN: CH88 0900 0000 6518 1576 7
SWIFT (BIC): POFICHBEXXX

Faculty of Informatics:
Swiss Post, PostFinance, 3030 Berna
CCP 65-153098-6
IBAN: CH82 0900 0000 6515 3098 6
SWIFT (BIC): POFICHBEXXX

 

 

List of Countries that have signed the Lisbon Convention

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany

Greece
Holy See
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kyrghyz Republic
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands

Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States